Some of theI recommend are , but there are a handful of solid models that cost less. Enter: my curated list of the top home security cameras priced at or under 100 bucks. These three cameras range a lot in terms of features and functionality, but I highly recommend them all.
You really can’t beat the Wyze Cam if you’re looking for an affordable security camera with solid performance. Here’s the gist:
- It costs $20
- It comes with two weeks of free cloud storage
- The camera has optional local storage via a built-in microSD card slot
- You can set a custom motion detection zone for free
These things combined make the Wyze Cam hard to match. Yes, it’s indoor-only and the app isn’t perfect, but the Wyze Cam is an excellent choice if you want a live streaming camera that works well for less. It also works with Alexa voice commands — and Wyze’s other devices.
Tend Secure’s Lynx indoor camera (now called the Indoor 2 camera) will set you back $60. It has all of the regular features of a typical home security camera, like live streaming, motion detection and night vision. But it also comes with free seven-day video clip storage and free facial recognition capabilities.
Use the app to build a custom database of friends, family members, and any other regular visitors (although with social distancing in full effect, visitors are probably at a minimum right now). Then the camera will detect faces and send alerts to your phone to let you know it just saw, “Dave” or “Molly.” The performance of the camera’s facial recognition improves over time, too, with use.
The Blink XT2 starter kit comes with one Blink XT2 camera and a required Wi-Fi module — all for $100. After that, any additional XT2 camera you buy costs $90. (It seems like it should be less than that since the Wi-Fi module retails alone for $50, but it’s still a good deal.)
The camera itself is battery-powered and runs on two AA lithium-metal batteries. It’s designed to last for up to two years. So far, the XT2 I’m testing long-terms has been running, uninterrupted, since last July. It also has free video clip storage that you can view in the Blink app.
Blink’s XT2 camera is weather resistant, so you can place it anywhere outside (as ling as it’s within Wi-Fi range). The one I’m testing has survived 100-plus-degree days, snow, hail and regular ol’ storms. A wind gust knocked it off the second-story deck at the CNET Smart Home — and it was fine.
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